Alison Gaylin

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Never Look Back

book | Fiction | Jun 2019
US → HarperCollins
UK & Comm → Orion Publishing Group (Ed. Francesca Pathak)

She was the most brutal killer of our time. And she may have been my mother...

When website columnist Robin Diamond is contacted by true crime podcast producer Quentin Garrison, she assumes it's a business matter. It's not. Quentin's podcast, Closure, focuses on a series of murders in the 1970s, committed by teen couple April Cooper and Gabriel LeRoy. It seems that Quentin has reason to believe Robin's own mother may be intimately connected with the killings.

Robin thinks Quentin's claim is absurd. But is it? The more she researches the Cooper/LeRoy murders herself, the more disturbed she becomes by what she finds. Living just a few blocks from her, Robin's beloved parents are the one absolute she's always been able to rely upon, especially now amid rising doubts about her husband and frequent threats from internet trolls. Robin knows her mother better than anyone.

But then her parents are brutally attacked, and Robin realises she doesn't know the truth at all...

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Reviews

Combining up-to-the-minute true-crime media with the cool mood of old noir, Alison Gaylin warns that the most dangerous investigations are the ones we make into our own family histories. Never Look Back is a fiendishly well-plotted thriller that deepens its grip the faster you read - I loved it.

Louise Candlish, author of OUR HOUSE

Artfully strewn red herrings and a kaleidoscopic narrative heighten tension while sowing seeds of distrust concerning the characters' honesty and intentions...A mind-bending mystery, an insightful exploration of parent-child relationships, and a cautionary tale about bitterness and blame.

Kirkus Review

Before you sit down to read Never Look Back, get a good night's sleep, brew a large pot of coffee, and set aside a day committed to nothing but this complex and tension-filled story.

Joseph Badal, Amazon #1 Best-Selling Author of the Lassiter/Martinez Case Files Series for Suspense Magazine
Full Review

An addictive and complex tale.

Booklist

[A] complex and tension-filled story.

Suspense Magazine

A haunting and compelling read that I simply could not put down.

Huntress Reviews

Aflame with tension. This intricate, powerful thriller — the best novel yet from one of the most ingenious suspense writers at work today — rips a tunnel into a past as deep and dark as the midnight sky. For sheer excitement, Alison Gaylin rivals the very best of Harlan Coben and Lisa Gardner.

A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

Alison Gaylin is at the very top of her game, crafting exhilarating and audacious crime novels that are both rich in character and rivetingly told. Her books are, quite simply, not to be missed.

Megan Abbott, author of Give Me Your

Mystery and true crime aficionados will delight in piecing together the puzzle in Edgar winner Gaylin's (If I Die Tonight) deliciously twisty novel.

Library Journal

It’s a fascinating, fresh, and intoxicating thriller about motherhood, truth, and the mysteries that shroud those closest to us.

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Crime Reads

The solid plot of Never Look Back also works well as a character study as Gaylin intelligently delves into each person's psyche... Never Look Back is another superior outing from Gaylin, who won the 2019 Edgar for her last novel, If I Die Tonight.

Oline H. Cogdill
SF Chronicle

Never Look Back is a superb novel, propulsively plotted, beautifully told, and packing a thrilling twist. I was enthralled. 

Gilly Macmillan, author of 'What She Knew'

Alison Gaylin's 11th novel perceptively examines family dynamics, the domino effects of violence and our personal stories -- real or invented -- that help us maneuver through life. The strong tension that launches Never Look Back only intensifies with each surprising twist...Never Look Back is another superior outing from Gaylin, who won the 2019 Edgar for her last novel, If I Die Tonight.

Daily Herald

Never Look Back asks us to be unafraid to look deeper, to believe in the healing power of the truth, and to accept the consequences and be good to ourselves regardless.

Criminal Element

Alison Gaylin's 11th novel perceptively examines family dynamics, the domino effects of violence and our personal stories — real or invented — that help us maneuver through life. The strong tension that launches Never Look Back only intensifies with each surprising twist… Never Look Back is another superior outing from Gaylin.

Associated Press

A haunting and compelling read that I simply could not put down.

Huntress Reviews

What a brilliant book! I was obviously hooked as soon as I started reading it, thanks to the true crime angle, but I was also totally drawn in by the incredible characters and the clever plot. I loved it and will definitely be telling everyone to get their hands on it!

Elle Croft, bestselling author of THE GUILTY WIFE

Loved this compelling tale of dark family secrets and a past that can't be escaped or ignored. Couldn't put this one down until the final awesome twist. Highly recommended!

Luca Veste, author of The Dying Place

A thoroughly modern thriller for the podcast generation.

Jade Craddock
The Sun

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